Creamy Cauliflower Bacon Soup ~ Savory Simple #recipeCreamy Cauliflower Bacon Soup

I’ve been on a major cauliflower kick recently. Maybe I’m weird but I love simply eating it raw dipped in a bit of white bean hummus or even some sweet chili sauce. It has such a great snappy texture and neutral flavor. It also makes some of the best soup. Every time I made cauliflower soup I declare it one of my favorites. The texture is thick, creamy and silky and it absorbs other flavors so well. It really is the perfect ingredient for making a “cream” soup without the cream.

Creamy Cauliflower Bacon Soup ~ Savory Simple #recipe

You would never know that this soup has no cream. I did add some 2% milk at the end to thin it out but the recipe can easily be made dairy free by using soy or almond milk. The bacon fat adds a smoky richness that compliments the cauliflower perfectly. Garnishing the soup with more bacon adds that salty meaty flavor that really does make everything better.


Creamy Cauliflower Bacon Soup
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Serves: 4-6 servings
  • 4 strips bacon
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 4 ribs celery, chopped
  • 1 head cauliflower, chopped
  • 3 cups chicken stock, preferably homemade
  • 3 sprigs thyme
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. In a large dutch oven, render the fat from the bacon over low heat. Once there's a good amount of fat in the pan, turn the heat up slightly and cook the bacon until crisp. Remove it to drain on paper towels. Discard all but approximately 2-3 tablespoons of the bacon fat.
  2. Add the chopped onion, garlic and celery to the pan with a pinch of salt and sweat the vegetables for several minutes on medium-low heat. Once they're soft, add the cauliflower and turn up the heat to medium. Cook the vegetables for a few more minutes, stirring periodically, until the cauliflower has softened up. Add the chicken stock and thyme. Bring the mixture to a simmer, cover the pot and lower the heat. Allow the soup to simmer on low heat for 45 minutes.
  3. Remove the thyme stems and carefully ladle the soup into a blender. Puree until silky. Return the soup to the pot and add the milk. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Reheat the reserved bacon briefly, dice finely and use it to garnish each bowl of soup.


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  • Roger Stowell

    I seem to buy a cauliflower every week during the winter months. Why have I never made cauliflower soup?

    • Jennifer Farley

      No time like now to start!

  • Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers

    Yum! I love cauliflower soup and yours looks so amazing!!! I never had it with bacon, I can only imagine how wonderful that must taste!

  • Heather @ Sugar Dish Me

    I’ve been on a cauliflower kick lately, too! I saw on the news the other day that cauliflower and broccoli were about to get expensive because of weird weather and I was like, “Nooooooooo!” Anyway- this soup needs to happen for lunch today. Oh yes it does.

    • Jennifer Farley

      Nooooooo to expensive cauliflower!

      • Shari

        I got some for .99 cents just for this soup today, soooo good! The whole family scarfed it down, two toddlers included!

  • Joanne @ Fifteen Spatulas

    You’re doing a good job of selling the cauliflower today. I’m personally so-so on it, but I really think this soup would change my mind big time!

    • Jennifer Farley

      Soup is definitely the best way to enjoy it!

  • kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts

    I’m getting tempted to go buy some cauliflower–this looks delicious. And, as my spouse is fond of saying, everything is better with bacon.

    Thanks, Jen!

  • Lisa @ Garnish with Lemon

    This looks fabulous-thanks for the dinner menu tonight! Yum!

    • Jennifer Farley

      Let me know what you think if you make it!

  • Amanda

    Such beautiful pictures… and the recipe sounds divine!

    • Jennifer Farley

      Thanks Amanda, I’ve been working on them!

  • Erin | The Law Student’s Wife

    You are the 2nd person in the last week who’s mentioned the idea of using cauliflower to create cream, without the cream! I need to try this trick ASAP. Also, your mugs are so cute!

    • Jennifer Farley

      Thanks! I have a ton of leftover cauliflower so I think this weekend I’m going to try using it in an alfredo sauce.

  • Carol | a cup of mascarpone

    Love cauliflower! This soup sounds delicious, not to mention the gorgeous photos!! Lovely, Jen!

    • Jennifer Farley

      Thank you, Carol!

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

    So I’m not much of a cauliflower person but that really needs to change! I’m sure once I have a spoonful of this soup, I’ll be transformed!

    • Jennifer Farley

      Just think of it as bacon soup.

  • Mari @ Mari’s Cakes

    Jen this cream of cauliflower looks delicious. I am thinking of preparing some this weekend. The photos are awesome!

    • Jennifer Farley

      Thank you so much, Mari! I hope you like it :)

  • Julia

    This soup looks wonderful. I love adding bacon into it! Perfect for the snow storm we are about to get.

    • Jennifer Farley

      Everyone is getting snow today! DC somehow remains unscathed.

  • Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel

    Can I face plant this bowl of soup? Because I kinda sorta need it in my life.

    • Jennifer Farley

      I want to face plant into all of your desserts so we are even!

  • Little Kitchie

    This looks SO warm and comforting. It’s super cold today and I want this NOW! :)

  • Jackie @ The Beeroness

    Oh my GOD this looks good. I’ve been on a soup kick lately, even though it’s really not all that cold here. This looks amazing, and I love those plates, beautiful photos.

    • Jennifer Farley

      Thanks! I found an amazing antique alley near me recently and I’ve been going overboard on props!

  • Jessica

    This soup looks incredible – I’m going to try it and just not tell The Mr. what’s in it (he *thinks* he hates cauliflower)! Yum.

    • Jennifer Farley

      They always think they hate something until they realize they don’t. Mine is like that with eggplant. This will win over any cauliflower skeptic.

  • Grubarazzi (@Grubarazzi)

    This soup is right up my alley! What type of non-dairy milk would you suggest in this soup? I’m thinking almond milk might work?

    • Jennifer Farley

      I think almond or soy would work well. I tend to think of almond milk as having a more neutral flavor and soy of having a creamier consistency. It depends which you prefer.

  • natalie @ wee eats

    I *LOVE* cauliflower soup and am so excited to see a recipe that isn’t filled to the top with butter and cream! Finally a creamy soup that I can feel good about eating :)

  • Nutmeg Nanny

    This soup looks amazing! I love creamy and smooth it looks. Plus, who wouldn’t love the addition of bacon?

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen

    I just finished up the last of my cauliflower soup leftovers and now I’m craving some with bacon in it! That would be such a delicious combo :)

  • Kate@Diethood

    Holy Moses that is GOOOOOD! With bacon?! Come to me!
    I’m crazy about cauliflower, too, but I can’t do it raw… it has to be creamed or souped or drenched in creamy dressing :-D

  • Valerie

    I love raw cauliflower too! Not a fan of broccoli though… *shiver* I’d give just about anything for a bowl of this soup right now!!

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci)

    I love creamy soups without the cream!

  • Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic

    I have some cauliflower at home that is now begging to be made into this soup!

  • Cookin’ Canuck

    This looks so comforting and creamy. I love how cauliflower soup can take on such a rich texture without be laden with fat.

  • Liz

    Cauliflower with thyme and bacon…sounds just about perfect to me. Love your soup!!!

  • David Ellis

    As soon as I saw the words creamy cauliflower bacon soup” in the subject column of my email I was hooked. I knew I’d have to make this. I’m on holiday right now, but as soon as we land back home I’m off to the market to get the stuff. Can’t wait.

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    I make something really similar during winter and I think it was one of my most popular recipes! I think when it’s cold, the idea of a creamy but not fattening soup is very appealing :D

  • Monet

    Not weird at all! I love cauliflower too…raw or cooked. And I’m sure it is especially delicious in this soup. Love the bacon! Thank you for sharing sweet friend. I’m nursing a bit of a cold, and this post warmed me right up. I hope you are having a happy end to your week!

    • Jennifer Farley

      I hope you feel better ASAP, Monet!

  • Jennifer @ Mother Thyme

    This soup looks divine! Looks so rich and creamy without all the cream. Such a great addition of the bacon and fresh thyme in this soup. Would love to cozy up with a bowl of this on a chilly day.

  • Tracey

    I’m not completely sold on cauliflower except when it’s in a soup and this one sounds amazing!! The consistency looks so creamy and smooth, can’t wait to try it :)

  • lemonkerdz

    You have some beautiful photos to just make you want to eat up that soup. I love this soup on a cold day and sprinkled with crispy bacon is just the best thing ever.

  • Cassie | Bake Your Day

    This looks so silky and amazing!

  • Sandy @ RE

    Love the combination here! So yummy! Thanks for featuring my soup, too! :)

  • Kari@Loaves n Dishes

    Cauliflower is one of my faves too; it’s inexpensive, it’s super healthy, and it’s yummo!
    This soup looks delish; I would never have guessed that there wasn’t any cream in it.

  • Kristen

    This is the third cauliflower soup I’ve seen today… I take that as a sign that I NEED to make this, now! Looks so good.

  • Angie@Angie’s Recipes

    This is definitely my cup of soup! I need to make some too.

  • Chocolate Shavings

    Cauliflower and bacon – how can you go wrong? The soups looks delicious and the photos are delightful !

  • fabiola@notjustbaked

    Inappropriate short comment… yum. That is all:).

  • rebeccaSubbiah RD (@chowandchatter)

    lovely soup and love your linguini :-) your blog is always wonderful

  • Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen

    You always come up with the best recipes.. I love cauliflower and the thought of adding the smoky flavor of bacon is just fantastic! Well done!xx

  • Laura Dembowski

    This is right up my alley! I love cauliflower. Though I don’t eat it raw, I like to steam it for just a couple minutes to soften it slightly. This soup is perfect for this horrible cold weather. It looks so comforting.

  • Cayla

    what the nutrition on this soup?

    • Jennifer Farley

      I don’t know but I’m sure there are some good website utilities that you can use to calculate the information. I’m not personally familiar with any.

  • Jen

    Looks delicious!! How do you think this would do frozen? I like to freeze individual portions of soup to have as a quick meal, and this would be perfect to bring to work.

    • Jennifer Farley

      I’m not sure but if you try it let me know what happens!

  • Kristina

    This looks delicious! I love simple creamy veg soups in the winter, and the bit of bacon is perfect!

  • Nancy/SpicieFoodie

    Your south just made my mouth water. The combination sounds and looks amazing! Thanks for sharing Jennifer!

  • Karen (Back Road Journal)

    I love cream of cauliflower soup but the addition of the bacon topping must really give it extra flavor.

  • Veronica May

    Mmm this looks delicious! Great combo of the two, ill have to try this next chance I get!

  • Cara

    Delicious! I made this for dinner tonight but made it, inadvertently, very decadent. The first change was pure laziness (left all the bacon grease in the pan) and the second was because I didn’t realize until the moment that the milk was needed that I’d forgotten to grab it at the store today- so I used half and half. Lovely! I may have ruined myself for your healthier version though…

    • Jennifer Farley

      I’m so happy to hear you liked it! There’s nothing wrong with a bit of decadence every now and then :)

  • Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

    Nothing says comfort to me more than a big bowl of delicious soup! I love cauliflower too! I throw cauliflower into my leek and potato soup and use it all the time in pasta and casseroles too. . I am definitely trying this recipe!! love this!

  • Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats

    I LOVE this soup! Definitely trying this soon! Cauliflower is one of my favorites…and with bacon..unstoppable!

  • Wendy N.

    I made this soup tonight, my family loved it! It was delicious! Great recipe, thank you!

    • Jennifer Farley

      I’m so glad to hear!

  • Lindsay

    Found this going around Pintrest. Made it for dinner tonight. My husband and kids went back for seconds. A definite win! I love recipes that are full of veggies but don’t taste like it!

    • Jennifer Farley

      Yay! I’m so glad everyone liked it!

  • MaryB

    This soup sounds delicious! I have all the ingredients on hand so I know what’s for dinner tomorrow!

  • Summer M

    Great idea to to view other recipes on your site! This soup looks amazing!!

  • itzia

    i’ve never tried cauliflower in a soup but this sounds good.

  • Denise Dattilo

    Could you also use frozen cauliflower?

    • Savory Simple

      Hmmm… I’m not sure. I think you could use frozen cauliflower in a pinch but since it’s such a prominent ingredient, I really recommend using fresh cauliflower if possible. Frozen vegetables are fine for eating and for adding into recipes whole, but they do lose water when frozen/defrosted, so I think that could potentially change the texture of the soup. The soup should be very creamy at the end and I suspect that using frozen cauliflower might make it slightly grainy. But I could be wrong!